My very talented and creative sister sent me an email showing how she painted caricatures of her two children on wineglasses.  Her kids are both amazing and gifted athletes – my niece is painted as an Irish step dancer, and my nephew as a baseball player.  I was so impressed with how cute the wineglasses came out, I asked if she would share them and provide a tutorial.  I hope this inspires you to try and create your own.


Wine Glass Dancer

I’ve seen a variety of wine glasses for sale that have been hand painted for different occasions such as a wedding, anniversary, or special birthday.  I think they’re adorable and wanted to try and do one for my daughter who is an Irish dancer.  Anyone who’s involved in that crazy world knows that the girls are identified as much by their individual solo dresses as they are by their dancing.  The process was a lot of fun and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

I was so pleased with the outcome that I decided to try one of my friend’s dancing daughter……

and one of my baseball playing son…

In creating the wine glass of my friends daughter, I decided to use a champagne flute  instead of a more rounded wine glass to accommodate the height of the curly hair and crown.  I also chose a glass with a thick stem to fit the legs that are crossed in a traditional Irish dance position.

At my local Michael’s Craft Store I purchased Plaid FolkArt Enamel acrylic paint for glass and ceramic in the colors I would be using, a set of fine tip brushes, and a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen in black.

I first sketched my dancer on paper so I could determine the proper size and dimension.  I then used the artist pen to transfer the image onto the glass.  You can either draw it free hand or trace your sketch right onto the glass.  No pressure for perfection since any mistake at this stage can be erased, the black will wipe off clean.

I then started adding the color: first the pink, then the black, then the white.  The paint goes on thin so I used two or three coats until I had the color I wanted making sure to leave time between coats to dry.  I then went back in mixing brown and white for the skin tone, and black and white to get different shades of grey for the shadowing on her dress and in the curls of her wig.

I dotted white paint to simulate the crystal detail on the bodice of her dress. Last, I used small clear crystals that I already had for her earrings and added one to her crown and a few to her dress.  Irish dancers can never have too much bling!


I want to thank my sister for taking the time to create this tutorial and also wish her a Happy Birthday.